Over the past week in Ontario, thousands of students have been taken out of school by their parents as a protest against Ontario's new sex ed curriculum.
In response, proponents of the new curriculum — which has been endorsed by experts ranging from mental health advocates to child safety experts to senior educators — have taken to social media to demonstrate why they believe sex education is important under the hashtag #supportsexed.
Started by Planned Parenthood, the hashtag encourages people to upload their own reasons why they support sex education in schools, particularly this revised curriculum.
Supporters' reasons range from never having learned this information from their own parents to an optimistic hope that giving children these lessons can help create a society without sexual assault. They also come from a highly diverse group, breaking through religious, gender and age lines to show how a change in education could benefit many members of society.
Take a look at some of these worthy reasons people believe in sex ed:
"Time to shift the #SexEd conversations from protecting kids to empowering them."May 5, 2015
I #supportsexed because children should be given the information to make good decisions & learn that they are wonderful whoever they love— Siri Agrell (@SiriAgrell) May 5, 2015
I #supportsexed because I don't want children & youth to not know about consent making them vulnerable to abuse. I wish someone had told me.— Farrah Khan (@farrah_khan) May 4, 2015
"If you use tampons how can you pee?" is an actual sentence I've heard spoken by a women in her 20's who went to school in ON. #supportsexed— Laura Tilley (@elleveetee) May 4, 2015
I #supportsexed because young people have a right to accurate, non-stigmatizing information about their health and well-being.— Shayna Sayers-Wolfe (@shaynasw) May 4, 2015
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